The Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa at Boyne Mountain was recently selected by a reader's poll in Conde' Nast Traveler's as one of the Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America.  The hotel captured the 42nd spot and was the only property listed from the Midwest. 

The affluent readers of the internationally distributed travel magazine were asked to evaluate 235 North American ski hotels they had visited the past three years.  The hotels were rated on the criteria of location, rooms, service, dining, and facilities.

The Mountain Grand Lodge was ranked before the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge and followed by the Vail Marriott; heady company.  Fellow Boyne hotels, the Summit at Big Sky and Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River, also made the top 50 list. 

"Being recognized by the readers of Conde' Nast Traveler and the only Midwest hotel to make the cut is a true testament to the first-rate experience we provide our guests.  We hope to exceed their expectations and try," said Boyne resort accommodations manager Phil Jones.

Inspired by the mountain lodges of Switzerland and Austria, the $72 million Mountain Grand Lodge opened just three years ago.  It features 220 luxurious one, two and three-bedroom suites, the 18,000-square-foot Solace Spa and new salon, state-of-the-art fitness center and Pilates studio, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi tubs, full service restaurant/lounge and, of course, wireless internet service throughout the hotel.

Entertaining guests of all ages, and connected to the hotel, is Michigan's largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay.  It's the only waterpark, ski resort combo that you will find in the Heartland.  The 88,000-square-foot park features 11 aquatic adventures, a 100-plus game arcade, two eateries, and a mezzanine for parties.

It's pretty sweet.  I've stayed there three times since it opened and always in awe at the sight of the ski hill and famed clock tower framed in the massive two-story-high windows as you walk into the reception area.  It's an awesome sight especially at night with the lit ski runs highlighting the hill.